This win has ignited the Hokie fan base like I haven’t seen in a long time, and the reasons why aren’t as simple as you might think.
On the surface, it’s an historic win. The Hokies beat 7-time national champion Ohio State, one of the most storied programs in college football. (I brought home a cool 3D commemorative cup celebrating Ohio State’s 125 years of playing football, and the accomplishments listed on the cup are impressive: 7 national titles, 34 Big Ten championships, and 7 Heisman Trophy winners.)
Tech has never defeated a top-8 team on the road until Saturday, and it came in front of the biggest crowd in Ohio Stadium history: 107,517. It was on ESPN’s Prime Time Saturday Night broadcast. For the next 24 hours, all the college football talk on ESPN was about what a dark day it was for the Big Ten, with Virginia Tech’s victory over Ohio State being talked about, along with Oregon over Michigan State and Notre Dame over Michigan.
Was Ohio State missing Heisman candidate Braxton Miller? Sure. Did the Buckeyes make a lot of mistakes, miss a lot of opportunities, and generally play a good-but-not-great game? Sure. Still, the Hokies notched an impressive win with a very young team, in a very tough environment.
There was a lot to like about this game, but it goes even deeper than that. It wasn’t just that the Hokies won, because they have notched big wins in the past. It was how they won. And Saturday night seems to have popped the valve on some built-up pressure, and now fans are fired up about what comes next.
Before we get started, a couple of notes: (1) I attended...
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